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LHSON Announces Dr. Shelby Garner Selected into 2022 American Academy of Nursing Fellows
Dr. Shelby Garner has been accepted for fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) for her significant contributions in advancing the science of global health and building healthcare simulation capacity in India. She will be inducted this fall in Washington D.C. This is significant acknowledgement of her outstanding contribution in nursing and research impact on health and health care. To read the full press release click here.

LHSON Received the 2022 Elizabeth "Betsy" Vardaman Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduates
Dr. Shelby Garner, PhD, RN, CNE from the Louise Herrington School of Nursing received the 2022 Elizabeth "Betsy" Vardaman Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduates at Baylor University. Dr. Garner is a world-changing researcher, educator, and mentor who leads culturally responsive nursing in global forums. Dr. Garner sustains scholarship and undergraduate mentoring in research and health systems capacity in India and U.S. Congratulations, Dr. Garner! We appreciate her outstanding and sustained guidance and support of our students.

Photo above: Dr. Jessica Peck, Dr. Shelby Garner with Professor Elizabeth Vardaman.

Photo above: Dr. Jessica Peck, Dr. Shelby Garner and Dr. Angosta, LHSON Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health Awards Funding to Baylor Scott & White Research Institute and Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing
Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) and Baylor Scott & White Research Institute recently received funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health. Co-Leading the research study is Dr. Kelly Rossler, Ph.D, RN, CHSE, Assistant Professor and INACSL Research Fellow, LHSON, and Dr. Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, Assistant Director, Center for Evidence Based Simulation, Academic Simulation Program, Baylor Scott & White Health. Learn more at,

Baylor University and Bangalore Baptist Hospital Awarded Funds - to Build a Women's and Children's Healthcare Research Center in India
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) recently awarded Baylor University a $900,000 grant for Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) to construct a new Women’s and Children’s Healthcare and Research Center in Bengaluru, India. The new Women’s and Children’s Center will help cultivate positive relationships between citizens of the U.S. and India. It will increase the number of services delivered to more women and children in Bengaluru; empower them to lead healthy lives and improve access to healthcare among vulnerable populations; build future healthcare leaders—particularly among women; and serve as a setting to implement U.S. evidence-based practices and new innovations in obstetrics, gynecology, neonatology, and pediatrics. To read the full story, click here.

Academic-Practice Partnerships to Reduce the Shortage of Operating Room Nurses
Watch this video on Nurse Educator with Dr. Linda Plank, LHSON and Karen Hammett, Baylor Scott & White Health. Click here. 

Baylor Researchers Awarded Grant to Develop Diabetes Mobile Health App for Use in India
An interdisciplinary team of Baylor University researchers – from nursing and business information systems to art and video game design – and physicians from Bangalore Baptist Hospital in Bengaluru, India, were awarded a 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Grant from the U.S. India Education Foundation (USIEF) to develop a diabetes mobile health app to boost awareness and educate those in India who are most at risk for diabetes. To read the full story click here.

Healthcare Simulation Week -LHSON Virtual Reality Simulation Research
Dr. Kelly Rossler is paving the way for simulation research at LHSON. She studies the effectiveness of simulation-based teaching strategies on improving interprofessional education and collaborative practice among nurses and healthcare professionals. In partnership with Boise State University, Dr. Rossler recently completed testing the effectiveness of a low-cost virtual reality system that allows nurses to realistically work with patients and equipment in a virtual environment. Currently, she is conducting a study to compare simulation teaching modalities to transition newly licensed nurses into practice. Dr. Rossler is also working with Ganesh Sankaranarayanan, PhD, Assistant Director for the Center of Evidence Based Simulation at Baylor Scott and White Health to develop studies on an immersive virtual reality-based experiential learning simulator to improve medication administration, on the use of virtual simulation technology for prevention and early diagnosis of skin cancer, and on the effectiveness of virtual reality simulation on fire safety skills among students. During National Simulation Week in late September 2018, Bianca Castro, anchor and health reporter with KXAS-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth reported on Dr. Rossler's research and our simulation lab, and the story was aired on more than 100 NBC affiliates throughout the country. To watch the news clip, please click here.

LHSON Awarded Excellence in Educational Research by STTI
LHSON is proud to share that on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, Dr. Shelby Garner and Dr. Erin Killingsworth were called to the stage at the 29th International Research Congress of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. They received the 2018 Excellence in Educational Research Award, awarded by the Sigma Theta Tau International, Melbourne, Australia. The award was given for an abstract and presentation entitled: "The Effectiveness of Simulation Education on Improving Self-Efficacy Towards Teaching Among Nurse Educators in India." The entire team of authors included: Shelby Garner, PhD, RN, CNE; Erin Killingsworth, PhD, RN, CNE; Leena Raj, PhD (c), RN; and Martha Bradshaw, PhD. An open access article disseminating the full study was also published in International Nursing Review, the official journal for the International Council of Nurses or by clicking here.  Also in attendance from LHSON were Drs. Tanya Sudia and Deborah Petty. To watch a video highlight click here

From left to right: From LHSON, Drs. Deborah Petty,  Shelby Garner, Tanya Sudia and Erin Killingsworth.

From left to right: Dr. Elizabeth Madigan, CEO, STTI; Dr. Erin Killingsworth, LHSON; Dr. Shelby Garner, LHSON and Dr. Beth Baldwin Tigges, President, STTI.

Baylor Connections – Dr. Lori Spies, Louise Herrington School of Nursing
KWBU-FM (Waco/NPR), July 13, 2018
Audio: On this week’s episode of Baylor Connections, host Derek Smith interviews Lori Spies, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor and missions coordinator at Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing, who was awarded a Fulbright Global U.S. Scholar Award to participate in global health research projects in India, Vietnam and Zambia. As she’s built and grown a missions program that has enabled Baylor Nursing students to serve around the globe, Spies shares how nursing, global health and service go hand-in-hand. Baylor Connections is a weekly radio program/podcast that introduces the people behind Baylor’s teaching, research and distinct role in higher education. « Read More »

Additionally, Dr. Spies was featured in BaylorProud and Nursing Notes published by Johnson&Johnson.

2nd Annual LHSON Celebration of Scholarship Day
The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing in conjunction with Eta Gamma Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International presented the 2nd Annual LHSON Celebration of Scholarship Day on May 1, 2018. To watch the video click here

LHSON Graduate Selected for Fulbright to India
Recent Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing graduate Amanda Ward Braswell, B.S.N. ’17, of Carrollton, Texas, has been selected to receive a prestigious Fulbright grant to India. She is among three Fulbright recipients this spring and Baylor’s 52nd Fulbright recipient since 2001. To learn more click here or click here

8th Annual Grant Writing Seminars
The Baylor University Office of the Vice Provost for Research is hosting the following grant writing seminars for Baylor faculty in 2018. 


Inauguration Ceremony in India of New Simulation Education & Research Centre
LHSON congratulated Tomas E. Ceremuga, PhD, CRNA, LTC (ret), ANC, USA for receiving the 2018 Researcher of the Year Award presented by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Foundation. Dr. Ceremuga is a faculty member for LHSON’s United States Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN) "We are incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Ceremuga as one of our esteemed faculty in our program. Our highly trained, educated and successful graduates are a testament of his expertise, dedication and passion for education," said COL Denise M. Beaumont, CRNA, Director of the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Anesthesia Nursing. According to the AANA, the Researcher of the Year Award is named in memory of John F. Garde, a previous Foundation Trustee, AANA Executive Director and charter member of the AANA Foundation. The John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award recognizes people who have made significant contributions to the practice of anesthesia through research. Dr. Ceremuga received his Bachelors degree in psychology at Youngstown State University and his MSN in Anesthesia Nursing at the University of Akron. He continued his education in the Neuroscience program at the Uniformed Services University in Maryland. He received his PhD in 2003, and then became a biochemistry and pharmacology instructor in the U.S. Army Graduate Program in Nurse Anesthesia at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. A co-worker of Ceremuga admires his service stating, “His research has culminated in twenty-three publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Ceremuga has been selfless in his research activities. For example, he has mentored 108 student nurse anesthetists in implementing all aspects of research. His service to his students and nurse anesthesia make him more than deserving of the John F. Garde Researcher of the Year Award.”

Inauguration Ceremony in India of New Simulation Education & Research Centre
LHSON extends its congratulations to Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India regarding the grand inauguration ceremony of its new Simulation Education and Research Centre. Over a year ago USAID awarded Dr. Shelby Garner with Baylor University LHSON $652,800 to partner with BBH. The grant funded the construction of a 4-story building with a state-of-the-art Sim Center for nurses and other health professions including housing for 48 nurses at BBH.

Dr. Kelly Rossler Received INACSL Poster Presentation Award
LHSON attended the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning conference in June 2017. There were over 160 posters representing simulation projects and research from around the world. Kelly Rossler's poster presentation was awarded 2nd place. Her poster entitled, Readiness to Transition: Integrating Human Patient Simulation into a Nurse Internship Program, highlighted Kelly's research with new graduate nurses transitioning to practice. In addition, Erin Killingsworth and Kelly both gave podium presentations.